About Brian J. Papineau

Stay-at-home dad, novice beer and cider homebrewer, avid cook and video game enthusiast. Brian started writing beer reviews in 2010 at his blog bryehn.net @bryehndotnet

How I Met Craft Beer – Brian

My first conscious craft beer purchase was a bottle of La Fin Du Monde on my 19th birthday in 1996 (yeah, I’m old) that I picked out because it was large, had a fancy-looking cork and was 9% ABV. For perspective on my drinking habits at the time, I probably spent the rest of my budget on some 32 oz bottles of Schlitz or some 6 packs of Laker.

This is the Very Glass of Beer that Made Me Want to Blog
This is the Very Glass of Beer that Made Me Want to Blog

My friends and I were confounded by the sediment and I literally said “WTF is this shit?” when I poured it into whatever clean glasses and mugs we had in our apartment. After tasting it (and feeling the effects of such a strong beer) however, I knew this was something special.

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